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What age did you talk to your daughter about menstruation and any tips. I have started planning a welcome kit for when she gets it but it’s years off.

Posted anonymously, 3rd June 2020

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  • I’ve just bought this book by Kaz Cooke called Girl Stuff for girls aged 8-12 and it is honestly seeming amazing. I wish i’d has it when I was younger. I was about 10 when I hit my time and had no knowledge at all, so I’ve been age appropriate open to my 9 year old when she has questions and am very keen to introduce her to this book which includes body changes, moods, friendships, internet and apps! I think little things earlier on, if given the chance is good and then taking a more solid approach as they are older.

  • My daughter had her first period at age 10, totally unexpected by me so completely missed the talk to prepare her for it. I was 14 1/2 for my first but only had talks about it at school, mum was too ashamed

  • I started talking about it slowing from around age 11 as I was an early started and wanted to have her have some understanding. I’m glad I did as she called me while I was at work one morning and i walked her through it over the phone, she was quite calm about it as it had already been discussed. I also ordered a libra girls pack, has some great reading and a few cute samples

  • My mother waited untill i already had it didn’t plan for it and overall was awkward as hell. I am talking to my daughter when she hits about 9-10 so its out there and she knows she can come to me without awkwardness about anything.

  • Education about menstruation needs to start early and be age appropriate. There are plenty of resources online and in books that can assist. Online sites have a wealth of information. Companies that produce sanitary products often have free resources and products to try and to refer to for age appropriate education. There are age appropriate books for all ages which can be incredibly useful.

  • I have 3 daughters, my eldest 2 are now 25 and 27, they were around 13 when we had the “talk” with help from a book my mother in law had kept for 20 odd years. I was planning on having the “talk” with my youngest daughter around the same age but when she was only 10/11 I noticed she was maturing already and luckly bought it forward a couple of years, she was only in year 5 and allthough it shocked her I was so relieved she knew what was happening. Personally I dont think there is a “right” age and I think it does seem to be happening younger and younger now days.

  • I believe there is books / booklets available. I remember my Mum said they didn’t have sex education at school but the girls in her class were given a booklet with basic details about periods and what to expect in it. I would say about 9 years old, depending on the develop of your girl. You may need to have a discussion with her earlier. You may be able to do it in 2 stages and make it a little less overwhelming. Make sure she understands that she can ask any questions or talk to you at any time. You don’t want your daughter to hear about it from other girls at school, often not correct information and not done in a polite way.

  • We started the chats about 9.5 years old. I didn’t want her starting and freaking out. She started just recently at 11 and a half years old.

  • I’ve got three older girls who learned around 8-10 I’d start young but just the basic and then more later, as I’ve know girls to get it as young as 8.

  • There are a few good books out. I found them at QBD Books. My daughter was 11 when I spoke to her.

  • Start talking to her now, so it’s not a scare or a surprise when it happens.

  • I would ask your doctor if he has any information like a booklet that he could give you or where you could get it? When they are too young it is way over their heads.
    The main thing is that you let her know that her body is changing as she gets older and that at a certain age she will start her periods and show her a pad when your talking to her and give her some to put in a draw and maybe a little cosmetic bag with pads in it that she can take to school when she has a period and might have to change with a clean one and throw the used pad in the special bin in the girls toilets. Also let her know that she can come to you with any questions anytime, also let her know that you can’t say when she will get her periods and give her the book hopefully your doctor has given to read.

  • it is natural so I spoke to my 3 girls from a early age and make it a good think not something to be embarrassed about

  • depends on the maturity of the child.

  • When my daughter was 5yrs old she was obsessed with pregnancy. I explained she had eggs in her tummy which later could become babies. And that ever months an egg would be ready to either become a baby or leave her body with a little blood. I told her this was not scary but normal. Then when she got older and had more questions i told her more. When in yr 4 from primary school we went together to an information evening about conception.

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